Friday, October 01, 2010

Prescription for Contentment

A missionary who lived in Africa for 52 years made these commitments, to help herself strive to be content where she was:

"1. Never allow yourself to complain about anything -- not even the weather

2. Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else

3. Never compare your lot with another's

4. Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise

5. Never dwell on tomorrow -- remember that it is God's not ours."

~ taken from Linda Dillow's book Calm My Anxious Heart

Hmmmm. . .  how can we even try to keep those kind of commitments to ourselves?  Only by God's grace!  Let's rely on the power of the gospel to help us fight for contentment!


Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing these thoughts. My heart has been convicted that I have not been content or thankful. What an encouragement! Have great weekend!

James and Christen said...

These are such good goals! I am going to try several of them! Thanks for sharing:)

Gretchen said...

Doesn't the first one just make you STOP for a second and realize HOW MUCH you complain? It did for me! Oh my, I grumble about the traffic. . . not even the weather? This woman lived in the HOT HEART of Africa where the temps were regularly over 100 degrees. WOW.

Janna said...

Oh wow. I need to print this off and put it on my wall. Thank you for this.